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Last race in club D grade?

March 31st, 2014

PDCC Criterium Championship D grade
Smeaton Way, Rockingham
30 March 2014

My strategy for the race was decided by the field which included Tyler a young track sprinter. I have raced and ridden enough with Tyler to know that I can not match him in a sprint. To win I need to break away either solo or in a small bunch that did not include Tyler. So I was going to attack early and often to try and establish a break.

For a few corners more

March 26th, 2014

If you have every read my race reports you know I usual go into a race with a plan. Today my plan if you could call it that was cornering practice. As the new course at the Motorplex is best described as a hot dog on a stick, it was the regular short criterium course with two added 90 degree corners and a 180 turn roundabout in addition to a narrow 90 degree corner I have had trouble with in the past, a fast sweeper and that downhill 180 degree hotdog that has caused me so many problems in the past. The 30 kph gusting to 50 kph easterly was going to make it even more challenging

Biting off more than I could chew

March 18th, 2014

After last week’s effort, I decide it was time to step up a grade. I did not matter that I had not fully recovered from that virus, I was going to race C grade.

Why I will be racing C grade next week

March 18th, 2014

I have been suffering from one of those pesky viral infections for more than 10 days now. The symptoms pretty nondescript: constantly tired, stiffness in muscles, sore throat and stomach cramps. I have backed off my training, last week consisted of 4 days of 3.5km. Riding to and from the train station, even then my legs hurt with the short climb at either end.

Racing to a plan

March 3rd, 2014

If you are a regular reader of my race reports, you will know I like to have a plan for a race. This week’s plan was to put in an attack (not a go to the front and ride hard, but hard sprint and get a gap attack) two thirds into the race, up the main straight and time trial to the finish solo. I even rode the Wednesday night time trial to try and gain a psychological advantage over my opponents. I was the fastest D grade rider on the night, but not by a convincing margin or anywhere near my best performance.

Back to the Motorplex and that corner

March 3rd, 2014

Turned up early to get a few practise laps in and ended up helping out on the registration desk. Managed two laps behind the juniors and found the corner had been changed from the week before. A couple of barriers had been added to direct traffic through the first gate, moving the apex, totally changing the line through the corner and giving a bigger margin for error on the exit.

Another circuit another corner

February 17th, 2014

PDCC D Grade Criterium
Motorplex
16 February 2014

Back to the Motorplex, but instead of the technical circuit with my nemesis the harpin. We were racing a new circuit, with more flowing corners and a sharp climb. In practise I was concentrating on the entry to the climb, which was narrow and I felt the most important section of the course.

I paid very little attention to the final corner

Racing again

February 12th, 2014

PDCC D grade criterium
Parklands
9 February 2014

Eight weeks between race reports, as I have not raced for 8 weeks. I broke my collar bone in a training accident on my TT bike. I was riding at race pace, flat rear tire and my rear wheel went from underneath me while I was trying to avoid hitting a chain link fence. Hit the PSP hard, breaking my right collar bone and bruising or cracking a rib or two.

I had spent the last 4 weeks on my trainer riding at short threshold sessions, as I found anything longer frustrating and could not manage any more intensive due to my ribs and shoulder. I had done a couple of short rides, culminating in a 40km group ride the day before the race. I was not really race fit, however, I was back racing in D grade.

Back to D grade next week

December 16th, 2013

PDDC C grade criterium
Motorplex
15 December 2013

Arrive with enough time, to register and ride a couple of laps. Only to find the newly widened top corner had been damaged by a tractor, rendering the new section dangerous and resulting in the new section of corner being roped off, reverting to last year’s narrow single file corner. Did not even get to test it at speed, as next time round two other riders where slowly making their way round.

Not a great race

December 8th, 2013

PDDCC criterium C grade
Kwinana Motorplex
8 December 2013

Even with a few warm up laps, I was not confident riding the newly widened first corner. I was feeling a little better about the bottom corner a 180 degree turn. While I could not carry a great deal of speed through that corner, it played into my strength of being able to accelerate hard from a slow speed up an incline.

I started mid pack, but found myself slowly sliding down the bunch …

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